It's official: Level Access and eSSENTIAL Accessibility are becoming one! Read the Press Release.

Original Presentation Date: October 8, 2019

Design Systems help us extract more value from a project, pulling out well-designed components as candidates for reuse on future products vs. reinventing the wheel every time. Those proven and tested components can then propagate across product teams for increased consistency and efficiency, ultimately driving better products to market faster.

They can also help you streamline accessibility—integrating accessible components in a standardized framework to consistently create inclusive user experiences.

Get it right, and you propagate inclusion—building software and technology that works better for everyone, including people with disabilities.

And when you get it wrong? You propagate exclusion. It’s that simple.

Derek Featherstone, Elle Waters, and special guest Dan Mall come together to share their combined experience in the trenches working with clients to “get it right” through development, training, and roll-out of user-experience-driven design systems. They share valuable lessons learned along the way–and innovative ideas for moving forward–to ensure that the right systems are in place to build technology that’s accessible to everyone.

The Presenters

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone HeadshotChief Experience Officer

Derek brings nearly 20 years of usability analysis and accessibility consulting and training experience to his work, helping clients build more accessible digital products, while consistently improving processes, practices, and cultures to be more inclusive. He is an internationally known speaker and authority on inclusive design, with a focus on ensuring accessibility and inclusion are seen as an integral part of user experience and service design, rather than an afterthought.

Elle Waters

Elle Waters HeadshotVice President, Community & Global Development

Elle brings hearts and minds together to make the world a more accessible place. When she laces up her boots in the morning, she’s ready for anything: teaching, building community, spreading awareness, and leading the charge as Level Access takes the global stage. More than anything, Elle loves seeing the amazing things that happen when teams put accessibility first. She has a passion for social justice, a love affair with emerging technologies, and a healthy fear of zombies.

Special Guest: Dan Mall

Dan MallFounder, SuperFriendly

Dan Mall is a creative director and advisor from Philly. He’s the founder of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that helps in-house teams make better digital products with design systems. Dan is an enthralled husband & dad, author of Pricing Design, and co-founder of SuperBooked, a service that helps you find work with a little help from your friends. He writes about design and other issues on Twitter and on his industry-recognized site,